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PM’s misleading claim

THE claim that the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, made on Wednesday, i.e. the Awami League-led political incumbents ‘have implemented what we committed [and] in some areas… implemented more than what we pledged’, appears to be misleading at best and a deliberate denial of reality at worst. According to a report published in New Age on […]

Akram Hosen Raju Ahmed has a lung of sand. Every day, he fed hundreds of kilograms of limestone into a giant crushing machine. And every day, he inhaled volumes of silica dust that the ear-piercing machine emitted. In three years of this hazardous job, the 25-year-old inhaled enough silica that gave him consumptive lungs. Doctors […]

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By Nabeel Hashm KARACHI: After the disappointment of missing out on the  Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), Pakistan’s players are aiming to do well in domestic cricket in hopes of getting called up for the national team as well as securing good contracts in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had decided against allowing […]

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Kailash Sarkar Anwar Hossain drove covered vans of SA Paribahan for about a year and dreamed two twisted dreams. He would marry a second time and own a bus. Call it a luck if you may, the 37-year-old found a shortcut to riches, with a little help from his buddy Ali Hossain. On the night […]

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Justice delayed

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A first conviction for war crimes sparks controversy MORE than 41 years after the deaths of as many as 3m people in Bangladesh’s war of secession from Pakistan, a Bangladeshi war crimes tribunal has given its first verdict. On January 21st it sentenced Abul Kalam Azad to death in absentia for genocide and murder committed during the […]

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DHAKA — Bangladesh is to acquire its first submarines to boost its naval power in the Bay of Bengal, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced, only days after she signed the country’s largest defense deal. “We have made a decision to add submarines with base facilities to Bangladesh’s navy very soon to make it a deterrent […]

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Fourth Estate Cooperative Staff Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Just one day after a war crime court handed a death sentence to a fugitive TV preacher for genocide during the 1971 liberation war, the United States on Wednesday called on Bangladesh to hold free and fair trials. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said that […]

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There has been a record rise in Bangladesh’s apparel exports to new emerging markets during the first six months of the current fiscal year that started on July 1, 2012. Indicative of a year-on-year rise of 24.11 percent, new markets contributed around US$ 996.89 million of the US$ 9.94 billion that Bangladesh earned from exports […]

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AGARTALA: All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) chief Ranjit Debbarma has been arrested in Bangladesh and “pushed back” to India through the Meghalaya border. The rebel leader was produced before a court in Agartala on Wednesday and was remanded in police custody. Intelligence sources said Ranjit was arrested by Bangladesh officials in Dhaka on December 22. He was “pushed […]

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NEW DELHI: The government on Thursday approved the extradition treaty with Bangladesh proposed to be signed during home minister Sushilkumar Shinde’s visit to Dhaka beginning Monday. The long-awaited treaty was cleared by the Cabinet at its meeting, presided by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, after Bangladesh government made minor modifications in the draft. The extradition treaty is expected to pave the […]

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DHAKA, Bangladesh –  When a fire at a Bangladeshi garment factory killed 112 workers, dozens of their families did not even have a body to bury because the remains were burned beyond recognition. Two months later, they have yet to receive any of the compensation they were promised — not even their relatives’ last paychecks. […]

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By Aparupa Bhattacherjee A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on manpower export was signed between the government of Bangladesh and Malaysia in November 2012. Malaysia has announced the recruitment of Bangladeshi workers from January 2013. What are the terms agreed upon through this MoU? Why is an agreement on manpower export essential for both countries? Terms […]

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